Robinson Cano has been battling a stomach ailment for nearly a year

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Robinson Cano’s falloff seems inexplicable until you read this story from Jorge Ortiz of USA Today. In it Ortiz talks to Cano who reveals that he’s been dealing with acid reflux and related stomach ailments since last August. And while that may give you an image of a guy just popping some Tums after a big meal and moving on, it’s much more serious than that:

“It still affects me,” Cano said. “Sometimes you drink water and it makes you feel like vomiting. I can’t eat the same way I did. It’s hard to deal with, especially being the first time this has happened to me. Sometimes I eat only once a day before playing, because I feel full. And you just don’t have the same energy.”

He’s had to change his diet yet he has still lost weight and can’t eat the sorts of things that don’t give an athlete the kind of energy payoff other things might.

If a car isn’t getting the fuel it needs, it won’t go. Same with an athlete.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.